Western vs. Arab vs. Asian Expat Salary

Western vs. Arab vs. Asian Expat Salary

The Middle East, due to its magnificent climate, tax benefits and overall lifestyle, is a destination that many expats desire to work.

Although not restricted to just western expats, the region his home to many Asian and Arab expats, thanks to the close proximity of the GCC nations.

However, pay discrepancies between Western, Asian and Arab expats has been a contentious issue for some time, some feeling cheated due to the generally higher salary the Westerner tends to receive.

Although many HR managers may say this higher salary is justified to help attract the top western expats with the desired skills and experience from more mature markets required to improve company performance, the difference in salaries is actually becoming smaller.

The gap between Western and Asian expats decreased this year, with westerners earning 26.91 per cent more on average and 6.96 per cent more on average more than Arab expats, which was also smaller than last years total.

Asian expats now earn 20 per cent less than Arab expats, a five per cent improvement from last year.

Arab expat salaries rose the least among the racial groups in the GCC, rising only 4.69 per cent according to the Gulf Business Salary Survey.

Arab Expat Salary

The largest drop in monthly income was seen in the construction sector, with an Arab expat construction manager seeing a 10 per cent cut to their monthly wage.

Here is the average monthly Arab Expat salary per position in the GCC nations ($ USD): 

BAHRAIN

KSA KUWAIT UAE OMAN

QATAR

HR MANAGER 9,175 12,026 9,498 11,020 8,836 9,683
RECRUITMENT MANAGER 6,441 10,167 8,090 8,228 7,471 9,456
GENERAL PRACTITIONER 8,623 13,239 9,738 10,250 9,225 11,132
REAL ESTATE MANAGER 8,530 13,830 8,724 8,978 8,120 13,022
BRANCH MANAGER (BANK) 8,536 11,733 9,129 9,177 7,987 10,282
PERSONAL BANKER 8,618 10,948 9,078 9,948 7,681 11,358
PROJECT MANAGER (CONSTRUCTION) 10,279 13,412 11,312 11,479 9,762 12,738
EVENTS MANAGER 5,739 8,030 6,692 6,717 5,874 7,996
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY/PA 4,708 5,645 4,835 5,466 4,144 5,729

Asian Expat Salary

Asian expat salaries saw the strongest growth in the region according to the Gulf Business Salary Survey. Average salaries rose 9.74 per cent on their monthly return. This is all despite them earning significantly less than their western and Arab counterparts.

Here is the average monthly Asian Expat salary per position in the GCC nations ($ USD):

BAHRAIN

KSA KUWAIT UAE OMAN

QATAR

HR MANAGER 6,987 9,754 8,322 10,864 8,106 9,989
RECRUITMENT MANAGER 5,108 7,968 6,478 6,378 6,259 7,631
GENERAL PRACTITIONER 6,899 10,560 7,790 8,200 7,790 8,802
REAL ESTATE MANAGER 7,748 9,577 8,208 6,361 8,538 10,516
BRANCH MANAGER (BANK) 8,592 11,332 8,582 8,535 7,608 9,335
PERSONAL BANKER 6,831 8,909 8,321 7,571 7,422 8,623
PROJECT MANAGER (CONSTRUCTION) 8,112 10,654 9,307 9,458 8,438 10,603
EVENTS MANAGER 4,329 5,936 4,527 5,110 4,547 5,748
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY/PA 3,003 4,361 3,612 3,542 3,386 3,975

Western Expat Salary

Western expats saw a steady rise in their earnings, gaining 9.6 per cent more on their monthly earnings compared to last year.

Here is the average monthly Western Expat salary per position in the GCC nations ($ USD):

BAHRAIN

KSA KUWAIT UAE OMAN

QATAR

HR MANAGER 9,595 12,810 9,992 11,113 10,067 12,447
RECRUITMENT MANAGER 6,222 10,029 7,736 7,968 7,296 9,238
GENERAL PRACTITIONER 8,116 12,363 9,123 9,738 9,225 10,355
REAL ESTATE MANAGER 10,910 12,928 10,013 9,541 7,848 11,471
BRANCH MANAGER (BANK) 11,054 12,542 11,530 11,327 8,904 12,402
PERSONAL BANKER 10,139 11,312 10,833 11,163 9,830 12,161
PROJECT MANAGER (CONSTRUCTION) 11,888 15,803 13,857 14,050 11,429 14,594
EVENTS MANAGER 4,835 8,512 6,520 6,451 5,581 7,354
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY/PA 4,857 5,611 5,438 5,371 4,692 5,714

In general, salaries are increasing in the region, rising 7.88 per cent with Kuwait seeing the highest average expat salary increase with 10.19 per cent.

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